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September 6, 2000
City of Toronto Announces Shortlist Finalists for 2000 Toronto Book Awards
  
At a ceremony at Toronto City Hall, Councillor Kyle Rae announced the five
shortlisted finalists for the 27th annual Toronto Book Awards. The ceremony
also celebrated International Literacy Day and the City's re-affirmation of
International Literacy Decades from 1990 to 2010.

The shortlisted authors/editors are:

Jennifer Duncan, Sanctuary and Other Stories (DC Books)

Greg Gatenby, Toronto - A Literary Guide (McArthur & Co.)

Camilla Gibb, Mouthing the Words (Pedlar Press)

Conrad E. Heidenreich, Betty I. Roots and Donald A. Chant, Special Places: The
Changing Ecosystems of the Toronto Region (UBC Press)

Russell Smith, Young Men (Doubleday Canada)

The finalists, selected by the Toronto Book Awards Committee, were chosen from
80 submissions. The winner of the Toronto Book Awards will be announced at the
Word On The Street festival on September 24.

The Toronto Book Awards were established in 1974 by Toronto City Council to
honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of
Toronto. The award offers $15,000 in prize money this year, making it one of
the richest book awards in Canada.

For more information about the Toronto Book Awards, visit the City's Web site
at http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/book_awards/index.htm


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